Getting Around

Getting to class should be easy and affordable.

Parking 

Parking is free at New Plymouth campus, but students need to display a parking sticker to access the Student carpark. Stickers are issued when you receive your ID card. If you have received your student ID card and do not have a parking sticker, you can collect one from Te Whare Matauranga - The Library. Check the campus map for parking options on campus. 

Tip Parking is always busy so we recommend arriving early!

If you're at Hawera campus there are free-on street parking options, with 2 hour parks right outsdie on Union Street and all day parking on neighbouring streets. 

Accessible carparks are available on campus for holders of Operation Mobility cards. For more details please contact the Accessibility Coordinator


Free travel for WITT students 

All current WITT students are eligble to travel for free using the public bus services. 

Bee Cards – what do you need to know?

What is a Bee Card?

Bee Card is the travel smartcard introduced by the Taranaki Regional Council to make travel by bus easier and quicker. 

Bee Ready! 

All WITT students must have a Bee Card with the WITT concession loaded to enjoy free bus travel. 

How do I get a Bee Card with WITT free travel concession loaded?

Pop into Te Puna Manaaki at WITT's Bell Street or WITT's Hawera campus to pick up a FREE Bee Card. You can use this Bee Card immediately, the concession is already loaded and ready to go! To be issued with a free Bee Card you will need proof of your enrolment, your enrolment letter or your student ID card. 

I already have a Bee Card. How do I get WITT free travel concession loaded?

Go to www.trc.govt.nz/witt-concession and complete the online form. You will need your existing Bee Card number, and a clear photo or scan of your student ID, or your enrolment letter to upload. It's best to do this as soon as possible, so that you're ready to travel free without any issues. 

Please allow 1-3 working days to have your WITT concession loaded to your Bee Card, and if you have any issues, pop into Te Puna Manaaki.

That's all you need to do! Start travelling with your Bee Card, just remember to tag on and off for each trip!

For the latest timetables, routes etc. visit Taranaki Regional CouncilTimetables are also available from bus drivers, any district library or service centre in the New Plymouth District, the Ariki Street Bus Centre and Stratford or South Taranaki District service centres. Public bus services are operated under contract to the Taranaki Regional Council

You can follow them on the Taranaki Public Transport Facebook Group to keep up to date with the services, changes and other news. Want to know how far away the next bus is, you can now track them live.


New Plymouth, Bell Block Waitara and Oakura

The Citylink bus service is operated by Tranzit Coachlines.  

New Plymouth – 9 routes operating 14 services, week days (excluding Public Holidays)
Bell Block and Waitara –5 return services weekdays
Oakura – 4 return services weekdays

Hawera to New Plymouth

The Connector bus service is operated by Pickering Motors.

Hawera to New Plymouth – 4 return services, week days (excluding Public Holidays). You can phone them on 0800 26 63 28 or visit their website.

Live tracking of the Connector bus. Check out TrackABus Taranaki. Available via mobile browser or by text. Text NPY and then the Stop# (refer timetable for your stop number) to 400. Text charges will apply.


Frequently Asked Questions on the Hawera to New Plymouth Connector bus service

I don’t live at one of the towns noted on the timetable.  Can I still be picked up? 

Yes, anyone along the route on State Highway 3 can be picked up.  Designated pick up points have been set or can be arranged when booking.  Please phone 0800 221 120 to get more information or to arrange a pick up point.

Do I have to book? 

Yes, it is important that all passengers book a seat for the first northbound service, departing Hawera i-SITE at 6.40am, and the last southbound service, departing Ariki St Bus Centre at 5.00pm.

How do I book a seat? 

WITT student passengers must complete the online connector registration form

Can I just wave the bus down to get it to stop? 

No, the timetable is very tight and to ensure that it runs on time passengers will only be picked up at designated stops or by arrangement when booking your seat.

How much will it cost me?

WITT students travel for free on presentation of a valid student ID card. The ID card information is to match the booking name and photo ID. Card name verification will be checked against current WITT enrolments.

Can I make a block booking to fit in with my study timetable? 

Yes, block bookings on a term by term basis can be made. Note however there will be a cancellation requirement of no less than 24 hours to secure block bookings. Be aware that by not cancelling your seat you may be preventing another person from being able get travel on the bus.

Is the vehicle able to take passengers with mobility impairments? 

No, all passengers using the service need to be able to get on and off the bus independently.  The service does not cater for people with significant mobility impairments. If you require wheelchair capable transport please contact Taranaki Base Hospital or your nearest Health Centre.

I am a Trades Academy student. Can I travel on the bus for free for the days I attend WITT?

The Trades Academy Programme Coordinator will discuss your transport options during the interview process.  If you are using the Connector bus your travel, for the days you attend WITT, is free. The Trades Academy Administrator will book your seat. The Bus Driver will issue you with a Connector Student Identification Card on your first trip to WITT.

If I can’t get on for free how do I pay? 

The service uses an electronic ticketing system with Smart Cards. Cash fares are also available. Go to your nearest i-SITE to register and obtain your Smart Card.  Cards cost $5.00 each.

Are concession (discounted) fares available? 

Yes, a concession fare gives discount off the standard cash fare.  Smart Card stored value concession fares are available for the following passengers; Child 5-16 years, Tertiary Students, Senior Citizens, Beneficiaries and ACCESS card holders.

Will the bus wait for me if I’m running late? 

No, the bus runs to a tight timetable so will leave each departure point on time.  We recommend you be at your stop at least 10 minutes prior to the stated departure time.


Walking or Biking

Thinking about walking or biking to work but not sure what the best route is to go? New Plymouth is lucky to have lots of walkways and central to get around! Ditch the car and see how far it is for you to get to WITT!

Visit the Let's Go website for more information.